Tomorrow I finally close on my condo and move! HUZZAH! It’s felt like such a long time coming! A stray cat showed up at a coworker’s house about a week ago and because her cat is a “one-cat household” sort of cat, she asked me if I “needed a cat” and I was like, “Yes, but I still don’t have my house yet!” I told her I would in about a week to two weeks and she said she couldn’t wait that long and was going to take it to the shelter, but then she discovered that it came from a very abusive household on her street, so she decided to foster it in her backyard until I’d have my home, and then I’m going to rescue it. It’s a completely black shorthair, presumed female (could possibly be a neutered male?) with green eyes. My coworker says they are extremely cuddly/affectionate and putting on weight well, but does have the stray cat issue of overeating to the point of vomiting. I can’t wait until I can have a comfort animal again!

So this was the other free tea I got from the Tao of Tea booth at Tea Fes PDX. It was a green tea blend, and since I didn’t take a picture of the booth I have no idea what was in the sachets, as it wasn’t one of their sold blends. I’ve just been soaking the sachets as iced tea while my tea collection has been boxed up. I assumed it was probably a Moroccan Mint sort of thing, but it didn’t smell minty, and I thought that might have been because the green tea bags were in the same freebie bag as their hibihip tea bags, which had a much stronger aroma. But this doesn’t taste minty at all. It tastes much more citrusy, and there is something very green, quenching, and refreshing tasting… and I’ve only tasted that particular taste once, when I tried a moringa blend. Could this have moringa in it? Seems a rather strange ingredient to include in freebie teabags, so I doubt it, but the flavor does remind me of it! So a bit like fresh pond water, a vegetative, earthy/plantlike quality, and a bit of citrus, perhaps a bit of herby lemongrass and a little of the punchiness of tangerine. Nicely quenching.

I feel like I still have so much that needs thrown into boxes here at the 11th hour that I’ve had out as living necessities for the last two months, but just no energy with the constant migraines to deal with it. Meh.

Flavors: Citrus, Green, Herbaceous, Lemongrass, Orange, Vegetal, Wet Earth

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML
AJRimmer

I love cats so much! I’m so glad you’re going to give that kitty such a loving home (:

gmathis

Black cats have the sweetest temperaments! (I’m a little biased; we have two.)

hawkband1

Congrats on the closing and the move!

Kawaii433

Looks like things are going well :D. Yay for taking in a stray <3.

ashmanra

Oh, that sounds like it was just meant to be! If you are like me, you are as excited (more excited?) about the new fur friend than the place to live! Ha ha!

Roswell Strange

Hooray for a new house and a new cat! Any name ideas yet?

Kittenna

Awwww, I can’t wait to hear about the new kitty! And good luck getting the remaining housing stuff sorted out – I’m glad it’s finally happening!

mrmopar

We have picked up a couple of little ones as well. They are feisty!

tea-sipper

I’m so glad the house worked out for you. Congrats on the new home and your (soon) new buddy!

Mastress Alita

Move didn’t go quite so smooth as I’d hope (do they ever?) Couch couldn’t fit in the front door so I have to get two now, the place is in some major need to up the blind game (big deal for me having chronic migraine), and there was one teaware casualty (my fault; I grabbed a wad of bubbble wrap thinking it was “topping” and a lid fell out and shattered; that particular piece I had bought myself for my birthday this year and the vendor has it backordered until the end of September so I can’t even buy a replacement right now, I’m gutted. Trying to use silicone waterproof sealant in in the interim until I can finally re-buy the teapot, will probably use the original pot as a flower vase after that). But I am moved in and the Internet got reinstalled today!

LuckyMe

Congrats on moving and the kitty. Sorry about the teaware casualty. Unfortunately breakage is an unavoidable consequence of moving

Todd

Things are coming together! I look forward to meeting your kitty!

derk

So happy for you, Mastress Alita <3

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AJRimmer

I love cats so much! I’m so glad you’re going to give that kitty such a loving home (:

gmathis

Black cats have the sweetest temperaments! (I’m a little biased; we have two.)

hawkband1

Congrats on the closing and the move!

Kawaii433

Looks like things are going well :D. Yay for taking in a stray <3.

ashmanra

Oh, that sounds like it was just meant to be! If you are like me, you are as excited (more excited?) about the new fur friend than the place to live! Ha ha!

Roswell Strange

Hooray for a new house and a new cat! Any name ideas yet?

Kittenna

Awwww, I can’t wait to hear about the new kitty! And good luck getting the remaining housing stuff sorted out – I’m glad it’s finally happening!

mrmopar

We have picked up a couple of little ones as well. They are feisty!

tea-sipper

I’m so glad the house worked out for you. Congrats on the new home and your (soon) new buddy!

Mastress Alita

Move didn’t go quite so smooth as I’d hope (do they ever?) Couch couldn’t fit in the front door so I have to get two now, the place is in some major need to up the blind game (big deal for me having chronic migraine), and there was one teaware casualty (my fault; I grabbed a wad of bubbble wrap thinking it was “topping” and a lid fell out and shattered; that particular piece I had bought myself for my birthday this year and the vendor has it backordered until the end of September so I can’t even buy a replacement right now, I’m gutted. Trying to use silicone waterproof sealant in in the interim until I can finally re-buy the teapot, will probably use the original pot as a flower vase after that). But I am moved in and the Internet got reinstalled today!

LuckyMe

Congrats on moving and the kitty. Sorry about the teaware casualty. Unfortunately breakage is an unavoidable consequence of moving

Todd

Things are coming together! I look forward to meeting your kitty!

derk

So happy for you, Mastress Alita <3

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Hi! I’m Sara, a middle-aged librarian living in southern Idaho, USA. I’m a big ol’ sci-fi/fantasy/anime geek that loves fandom conventions, RuPaul’s Drag Race, coloring books, simulation computer games, Japanese culture, and cats. Proud asexual and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. I’m also a chronic migraineur. As a surprise to no one, I’m a helpless tea addict with a tea collecting and hoarding problem! (It still baffles me how much tea I can cram into my little condo!) I enjoy trying all sorts of teas… for me tea is a neverending journey!

Favorite Flavors:

I love sampling a wide variety of teas! For me the variety is what makes the hobby of tea sampling so fun! While I enjoy trying all different types of teas (pure teas, blends, tisanes), these are some flavors/ingredients I enjoy:
-Dessert/chocolate/vanilla/caramel/cream/toffee/maple
-Sweet/licorice root/stevia
-Vegetal/grassy
-Floral/lavender/rose
-Spices/chais
-Fruity
-Tropical/pineapple/coconut
-Bergamot (in moderation)
-Roasted/nutty
-Tart/tangy/hibiscus/rosehip

Disliked Flavors:

There are not many flavors or ingredients that I don’t like. These include:
-Bananas/banana flavoring
-Smoke-scented teas/heavy smoke flavors (migraine trigger)
-Perfumey teas/extremely heavy floral aromas (migraine trigger)
-Gingko biloba (migraine trigger)
-Chamomile (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Grapefruit (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Extremely spicy/heated teas
-Medicinal flavors/Ginseng
-Metallic flavors
-Overly strong artificial flavorings

With the exception of bananas and migraine triggers, I’ll pretty much try any tea at least once!

Steeping Parameters:

I drink tea in a variety of ways! For hot brews, I mostly drink my teas brewed in the western style without additions, and for iced tea, I drink teas mostly brewed in the cold brew style without additions. Occassionally I’ll change that up. I use the https://octea.ndim.space/#/ app for water-to-tea ratios and use steep times to my preferences.

Currently Sipping Down: Tazo’s Butterscotch Blondie, Art of Tea’s Tropical Mate

My Rating Scale:

90-100 – Top tier tea! These teas are among my personal favorites, and typically I like to keep them stocked in my cupboards at all times, if possible!

70-89 – These are teas that I personally found very enjoyable, but I may or may not feel inclined to keep them in stock.

50-69 – Teas that fall in this range I enjoyed, but found either average, lacking in some way, or I’ve had a similar tea that “did it better.”

21-49 – Teas in this range I didn’t enjoy, for one reason or another. I may or may not finish them off, depending on their ranking, and feel no inclination to restock them.

20-1 – Blech! My Tea Hall of Shame. These are the teas that most likely saw the bottom of my garbage can, because I’d feel guilty to pass them onto someone else.

Note that I only journal a tea once, not every time I drink a cup of it. If my opinion of a tea drastically changes since my original review, I will journal the tea again with an updated opinion and change my rating. Occassionally I revisit a tea I’ve reviewed before after a year or more has passed.

New Teas Tried for 2019: 78
Sipdown Count for 2019: 119

Inventory:

My Cupboard on Steepster reflects teas that I have sampled and logged for review, and is not used as an inventory for teas I currently own at the present moment. An accurate and up-to-date listing of my current tea inventory can be viewed here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AvGT1XwgJUTErt3zhjpHbXf6HNS3k_Ym85zoHJPmhX4/edit?usp=sharing . A downloadable spreadsheet version with more detailed information can be acquired here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1D2J0sUMNItRsf0jBRBR6XDFUimm60f0o/view?usp=sharing . I am currently on a tea trading/ordering hiatus to get my collection under control! I cannot participate in any tea boxes, group orders, tea exchanges, or accept any tea gifts at this point in time. If there is something on my spreadsheet that I have in large quantity (50g or higher) that you would like to sample, feel free to contact me about it, as I am open to limited gifting (USA only!)

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